California Healthline: CMA Calls for State To Completely Eliminate 10% Medi-Cal Rate Cut

The California Medical Association has praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) fiscal year 2014-2015 budget proposal for eliminating a 10% retroactive cut in Medi-Cal reimbursements, but the group wants the state to completely eliminate the cut in future payments, Modern Healthcare reports (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 1/10).

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program.

Background on Medi-Cal Reimbursement Cut

In October 2011, CMS approved the state’s plan to reduce certain Medi-Cal payments by 10%.

The following year, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court ruling to stop the retroactive 10% cut. Health care providers then asked the full 9th Circuit court to review the case. In May 2013, the full circuit court upheld the cut.

In September 2013, the CMA petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review the federal court ruling.

Last week, Brown released


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